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Vassar College

Vassar College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college situated in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The college was founded by its namesake, Matthew Vassar[?], in 1861 in the scenic Hudson Valley[?], approximately 70 miles north of New York City. Vassar is often praised for its beautiful campus -- a 1000-acre lot of land marked by period and modern buildings. The great majority of students live on campus.

Today over two thousand students attend Vassar, including many international students. They are taught by over two hundred faculty members.

The school's sports teams are known as the Brewers. They are named for Matthew Vassar's occupation.

Famous Vassar alumni include poets Edna St. Vincent Millay and Elizabeth Bishop, actress Jean Arthur, and computer scientist Grace Hopper.

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